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New Pinball Dictionary: Expo Expressway

This game is being prepared from a trip on the Expo Expressway.

This game is being prepared for a trip on the Expo Expressway.

Expo Expressway

The path that a tournament pinball game takes when it is whisked away from the tournament area, while the finals are in progress. This happens most often at Pinball Expo, but can also occur at other similar places where the activities are scheduled to end early on the last day.

Rolling Stones is about to travel on the Expo Expressway.

Rolling Stones is about to travel on the Expo Expressway.

Why does the Expo Expressway happen?

    • Pinball events typically have shorter hours on the last day, especially if that day is Sunday. The Finals of the tournament are usually conducted on the last day of an event. Experienced tournament players play slower and more patiently, especially during the Finals where every ball is important.
    • Because of this, the event usually ends while the Tournament Finals are still happening. Event exhibitors who have games in the Tournament want to get their games out of there, but the Tournament players still want to keep the games in for as long as possible.
The game had trough issues anyway.

The game had trough issues anyway.

What ends up happening?

As a result, games are turned off and removed from the tournament area during the Finals. This has some side-effects:

    • As the games are broken down, secured, wrapped and moved, this causes a huge distraction to the players who are trying to play their games.
    • Games that are no longer there can no longer be chosen by a competitor. This can be disheartening to a player who has earned a higher seed in the qualification round, only to learn that the game they want to play has been eliminated from the tournament.

Suggested by Keith Elwin

The final exit on the Expo Expressway.

The final exit on the Expo Expressway.

Author: SSB

You will find me at a pinball tournament, especially if it's near the east coast, USA. Have more fun! Play more pinball! Support the hobby on twitter by using #pinball. Currently: Attacking Mars. BAO!

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